Kw-logo-smaller

Snowmobiling 101

DJ Eckstrom and Blaire Morgan get big air in the Snocross at the Winter X Games
M Paulsen/Shazamm/ESPN

If you've ever watched the Winter X Games, you've probably seen snowmobile riders get massive air after launching themselves off a jump in the Snocross event. Kidzworld has the 411 on snowmobiling and how you can start riding.

Snowmobiling - History

People have been thinking of ways to ride a motorized machine across the snow since the beginning of the 20th century. In 1937, Joseph-Armand Bombardier of Canada was granted a patent for a vehicle that travelled over snow, which he named the "B7 Snowmobile". By the early 1960s, Bombardier and several other companies were mass producing snowmobiles and the sport of snowmobiling had arrived. Snocross was added to the Winter X Games in 1998.

Snowmobiling - Learning to Ride

Learning to ride a snowmobile doesn't take long, but you should make sure you're trained by an adult who has experience riding. If you don't know anyone else who snowmobiles, go to your nearest snowmobile shop, where you'll be able to find information on trails, tours, lessons and snowmobile clubs in your area. For more info, head to www.snowtracks.com.

Snowmobiling - Safety

Snowmobiling is a great sport, but you should always keep in mind the following safety precautions.

  • Never ride alone and always tell someone else where you're going and when you'll be back.
  • Inspect your snowmobile with an adult to make sure it's in good mechanical condition.
  • Check the weather and avalanche conditions before you start out.
  • Always pack extra food, a first aid kit and avalanche safety/rescue gear.
  • Know your limits and ride within your abilities.

Snowmobiling - Useless Piece of Trivia

In 1968, Ralph Plaisted of St. Paul, Minnesota led a successful expedition to the North Pole on snowmobiles. It was the first time a motorized land vehicle had reached the most northerly point on the planet.

Related Stories:

 

>
>

readers voted!

Comments

kbfan64

kbfan64 wrote:

Cool sport
commented: Mon Feb 17, 2014

kbfan64

kbfan64 wrote:

Interesting sport don't you think?
commented: Mon Feb 17, 2014

there are 2 more comments

Please login or register to add comments


like this article?
Sign up now to get more just like!

latest videos

Boardpoll

Fave Snow Sport?

  • Snowmobiling.
  • Snowboarding.
  • Skiing.
  • Snowball Fights.

related stories

Sports in the forums

cutedude13
They beat the Bengals 27-0, and Reggie Wayne is the 9th player in NFL history to get 14,000 pass yards!!!
reply about 4 hours
-BrownEyes-
"Justin_A00" wrote:Thank you, some one who finally understands!!! i love marching band (im on the drumline) and i hate it when people call it "gay" or "stupid" and when people say that its not a sport, if they joined, they would understand. marching band is the best I'm on flute and it's really hard to march 54 sets and memories 221 measures of music!!!!!! 
reply about 6 hours
I_lov3_myself
what all tricks or stunts can you do with your rollers ;) ????????  :) ;) :hippie :D
reply about 16 hours
Braxton88
Talladega Results: 1.) Timothy Peters #17 2.) Taylor Malsam #32 (Best Career Finish) 3.) Spencer Gallagher #23 (Best Career Finish) 4.) Tyler Reddick #19 5.) Ryan Blaney #29 POINTS: 1.) Matt Crafton #88 2.) Ryan Blaney #29 3.) Darrell Wallace Jr. #54 4.) Johnny Sauter #98 5.) Joey Coulter #21 (SURPRISE)
reply 2 days
Kirsteeeeen
"ParadiseHeart" wrote: "11rainbow" wrote: you are braging  Haha I think so too. But good for you girl. There's nothing wrong with bragging about achievements. It's a happy thing and should be talked about. Also congrats to the OP. 
reply 2 days

play online games

Candy-100

A great online version of the famous Candy Crush. This is the best game launched...

Big_icon_(7)

Have you ever fancied being a ranger like those fantasy characters you love so m...

Big_icon_(4)

You run across the city in a car chase with the police officers.

Big_icon_(6)

The evil master kidnapped all of your friends!

Ow_fright_ad_100x100

Explore the world or hang out with friends in your own condo. Get a unique look,...